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Mordacious

By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by: Luke Daniels,Therese Plummer
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From the universe of the Until the End of the World series. (Note: The City Series can be heard before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water, and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.

©2016 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Feel Good Zombie Stories!

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Loved it! If you are new to this author, stop! Check out her trilogy + novella, Until The End of The World. Mordacious is a spin off of that series. It is not essential that you read Until the End of the World first to enjoy this book, but I recommend you do.

Do you like zombie / survival stories – but hate to get bogged down with endless tragedy and after tragedy? I love apocalyptic novels, but I am often turned off by plots that take the reader down a dark hole (evil humans, society at its worst, characters spending the entire book trying to find a way out of a hopeless and ugly scenarios). While Fleming’s novels include all these elements, her books center on the dynamics of the survival group. The plot is centered on her characters, their struggles, and growth – that happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Fleming wrote the first “Feel Good” Zombie story I have ever read – and it was such a breath of fresh air! That is, when my heart wasn’t racing from fearing for my beloved characters well being and safety.

Narration: I am a narrator snob. I have loved Luke Daniels since “The Druid” series… he does a fine job here. I am new to Therese and thought she was a little better fit for the character she’s playing. The story is told from two points of view, so that is why we get a male and female narrator. When the two characters are together, the narrators get to play off each other, the narration really shines. I saw one negative review of the narration and I honestly don’t know what they are talking about. The narration is great.

Can't wait for the next installment!

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  • 09-25-16

Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

I was excited to find Sarah Lyons Fleming had released another book in the Until the End realm. I loved the first series and have listened to it multiple times. I must admit I love this book more than any of the three in the original trilogy and novella.

I love how real these characters were, how SLF made them loveable even with their flaws. Sylvie's and Grace's friendship is enviable. The humor between them and Sylvie and Eric is perfect. I never thought a post apocalyptic book could make me laugh out loud so many times, as well as feel fear or sadness.

This book has joined my top 5 books of all times. SLF has a real gift for words. I can't wait for the next book.

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I can't even begin to explain how happy I was to find out this was Eric's journey. I wondered many times what happened to him while listening to The End of the World series. In the beginning I wasn't sure how I was going to like these characters. Sylvia has mommy issues and she can be very self-deprecating. But she quickly grew on me. I really enjoyed the City aspect of this book, knowing how they would manage in NYC was really different from the other part of this world. Eric was a great characters from the beginning, I love how he just coasts along making his was into NYC. He is a great hero. I also love how such different groups of people find a way to help each other in this book. The details of the city travel is awesome, I felt like I was in the ruins of New York with these characters when they were trying to make their way from place to place.

The narration is great. Therese Plummer is always awesome and so is Luke Daniels but hearing them in duet style was perfect!!!!

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Harlequin Zombies?

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I really enjoyed her first series with Cassie and friends, and while I liked finding out what happened to her brother there was way too little zombie action and way too much romantic angst. This seemed like a book written for a harlequin romance series with a bit of zombies thrown in. The main female character was just too stereotypical 'nobody can ever love me'. Perhaps having Terese Plummer queen of romantic narration didn't help with that feeling. I will continue the series because I want to find out if they ever meet up with Cassie.

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It's like the book is split into two parts.

At first, "Mordacious" starts off as the average zombie scenario. In fact, deja vu might occur with all of the familiarity. The character personalities, survival situations, tools they use, settings, and internal struggles can be found in other similar material. Halfway through the book, however, things start to shift gears into something that involves a lot more emotional drama. It's pretty much a different audiobook after that point as the entire tone and pacing of the story changes. Zombies randomly fade into the background as relationships happen, couples ogle, emotions are repeatedly developed and discussed, and psychologically is extensively explored.

Therese Plummer and Luke Daniels were an outstanding team to voice this audiobook. Both have terrific range and get the emotions across for every written scene perfectly. This alone makes the audiobook worth it, despite the story itself being a touch predictable in areas.

The story is set mostly in New York and split between the first person perspectives of two characters; Sylvie and Eric. Sylvie being the main character for most of the story. An interesting character with mild social anxieties, Sylvie is as interesting as she is uptight because she is constantly worried about what others are thinking of her while attempting to deal with stresses that come with a zombie apocalypse. Eric is survivor searching for his family and has a bit of a fatalistic sense of humor.

This book is recommended to listeners who enjoy romance with a toe dipped in survival horror. If you are expecting more traditional zombie thrills, then the first half of the book is for you. If you are expecting a book that has romance and dramatic discussion, then the second half of the book is for you.

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This book was so satisfying!

What made the experience of listening to Mordacious the most enjoyable?

I previously read it before I listened to the audiobook. I think I enjoyed reading it better, but I still loved listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sylvie and Eric were probably tied. They are both so funny and witty and i obviously love what's happening between them. Sylvie isn't afraid to stand up for herself and her friends. She doesn't realize the impact that she has on people. She thinks she isn't worth anyone's friendship, but she doesn't realize that anyone she meets loves her. Eric gets her. Knows when to push her and when to back off. He gives her time to adjust to him and he respects her personality traits.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sarah has a way with words. She could write the dictionary and I would still listen to it all in one sitting.

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If you haven't read the prequel series to this, you are missing out. It's called "Until the End of the World" and it has three books. They are so phenomenal. I have re listened and re read probably a dozen times. Do yourself a favor ;) This series is setting up to be the same. I love her writing. And her plot twists.

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I have listened....

I have listened this series Starting with Cassie's Journey & all she went through!! I was excited to find this book about her brother Eric & his Journey! I can't wait for the next book to come out!! Even though this series has new narrators they did an amazing job! In a way I'm glad Sarah Lyons Fleming switched narrators for this series! DON'T GET ME WRONG THE OTHER NARRATOR WAS JUST AS AMAZING but I like her voices for Cassie, Nelly, Penny, Anna & Peter as well as all the other Characters for that series! So it's good to have new narrators for Eric & his group!

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MUCH MORE THAN YOU EXPECT!

What did you like best about this story?

Please don't think of this as another Zombie book. Sarah Lyons Fleming writes so much better than that. I read her first set of books and if you haven't you should!

This is more of a side story rather than a sequel. Same time frame but this group is in a different area. They are left behind in NYC when the bridges are all bombed.This is more than how they survive the crazy virus that produces zombies.

This is a human relationship book, how people bond together, and it gets your heartstrings just like her other books. You won't want it to end because you don't want to let these people go.

Narrations is perfect!

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Love this. More please!

This was a long one but I liked it so much I barely noticed and now I can't wait for more. Hats off the narrators for pulling off so many different voices. Luke Daniels is one of the best. The story was great, the characters were interesting and there's so much potential for the series. Seriously great listen.

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great story, but not so great performance

It would be a full 5 stars if not for Therese constantly taking dramatic pauses even when they aren't needed. She reminds me of a bad Calculon, a character from Futurama that is a satire of bad tv actors, and is dramatic when the characters are doing something simple like reading a list. I can't say how many times immersion broke because of her performance. Luke did much better, and I think him and Julia Whelan would have been a far better duo.

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  • C. Regan
  • 11-22-16

Pure Zombie Joy!

I love Sarah Lyons Flemings's other books she wrote about the Zombie Apocalypse and I was so thrilled when I found out that she wrote about Eric's and Maria's journey. (You don't have to read the other books before, to understand the story.) Fleming brings the characters alive and there's never a dull moment. Its funny, full of action and very addictive! I can't wait for the next books in this new series!

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  • iszy
  • 08-20-18

totally hook , epic read/listening

amazing books this series and the one before both so epic and bring out all the emotions in you. brilliant performances too really well done makes you enjoy the book so much more .

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  • Fuzzywuzzy
  • 04-01-18

Brilliant performance

I was so happy to get the brothers perspective, I can't wait to see what happens. These stories are so compelling and the audio performances are perfection.

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 12-21-16

Feminist Zombie novel, shrill narration...

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..lots of crying. Gave up after a couple of hours. Sorry men, nothing is sacred.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-18

For those of us who enjoy a zombie story

Would you listen to Mordacious again? Why?

Oh without a doubt a real discovery and a story you can't put down.

What did you like best about this story?

one hell of a heroine

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

you got to care about every character in the story

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recommend recommend recommend!!

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  • Mystified71
  • 04-27-17

Brilliant

This is a must read. So we'll written, I always wondered what happened to Maria, now I know and can't wait for the next book in this new series.

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  • adrienne w.
  • 03-25-17

More please!

Great story and characters. Just as good as Until The End of The World trilogy. This is no sloppy sequel. Enjoy

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  • suzanne
  • 01-27-17

Wonderful moving and heartwarming

The whole series is excellent! Ive loved and hated and laughed and cried. Please keep these coming.

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  • Jo
  • 11-11-16

Amazing! Can't recommend highly enough!!

It's been so cool to see what happened to the other side of Cassie's family!
I was slightly worried that the city wouldn't live up to the excellence of the 'end of the world ' trilogy but I needn't have worried as this book was just as good! The characters are fantastic and I think she should never stop writing these stories! I could listen forever. The narrators are fantastic as well!

Please hurry with the next one, I'm starting to get withdrawal lol!

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  • Sharon
  • 10-11-16

So Excited

I wondered if I would love them as much as Cassie and her friends adventures and stuggles out of NY. Could it stand up to perfection that is Until the End of the World.... answer? Yes and then some. Eric, Cassie's brother is as loveable and ballsy as her and the gathering of characters are as well put together and weather you love them or hate them you can't deny Sarah Lyons Fleming a master at creating them. A fantastic firsts book of In the City Series again fast paced action packed filled with emotion and thought provoking situations that remind me that it's not the dead today I fear... it's the living!

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  • Jenny Taylor
  • 10-13-16

bring on book 2

think I'm in love with Eric Forrest, lol why is it so hard to find good men outside fiction??

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  • Kate Munks
  • 01-10-17

Addictive!

Loving everything Sarah Lyons Fleming writes. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

soppy zombie luvvas

Fun enough, keeps you hooked, but basically a teen romance novel while sometimes braining zombies.

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  • Jatin
  • 02-03-19

Might have been good but...

I picked this based on all of the good reviews so gave it a solid 15 chapters before I decided I couldn't go on. The narration was excruciatingly syrupy and reminded me of someone narrating a saucy midday drama on TV. Why the overacting?! No disrespect intended but my ears couldn't take it

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  • Kiah
  • 01-12-17

Love this Author

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love this book right up to the end. Could do with more protaganists and drama but underneath I really dont want that....This book was all about one girl's fight with herself and anyone who has been through it will love it but also hate it when they recognise themselves. I need to read more to see where it goes, but definitely worth the tears I shed when I saw me in the main charachter....

What did you like best about this story?

The depth of the charchters

What does Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I probably would have heard the book in those voices in my mind... they were pretty spot on

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I cried for 45 minutes when Grace told Sylvie she was alone and no one cared if she lived or died....I sobbed

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  • Luke Perger
  • 10-14-16

Loved this book.

Just as good as the end of the world and after series
Can't wait to see where this goes.

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  • Rani
  • 09-25-16

I loved this book!

I loved the characters and narration of this audio book. I can't wait for the next book. Hurry up please!

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  • Eric
  • 07-26-22

Refreshing and accurate portrayal of Eric Forrest

As a Zombie Aficionado, I have always felt that characters that share my name has been lacking. Luckily, Sarah Lyons Fleming changed that. If I may fill everyone in, yes, Eric Forrest's are as amazing as portrayed in this book. We are the sort of person that little kids want to grow up to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

Narration the best I've ever heard

Another great instalment in the series but what really stood out was Therese Plumber's performance. The emotion she conveys is staggering. The section on cockroaches was just phenomenal. I'll be looking for more books read by her.

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  • Petra
  • 02-19-19

One of the better books in this genre

I really liked the characters in this book. They’re believable and it’s a great story of friendships.

Love that the female characters are strong women, even the weaker one, Grace, pulls herself together to get through things, as though there’s no choice but to toughen up, which seems realistic.

Looking forward to the next book.